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Designing Public Spaces and Constructing Public Spheres: A Manifesto

  • Enrico CicalòEmail author
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Part of the Urban and Landscape Perspectives book series (URBANLAND, volume 14)

Abstract

Public space design may enable new perspectives to be opened up in our times to reinforce the public dimension of the contemporary city. Designing public spaces and constructing public spheres are the horizons that the actors responsible for transforming the city must aim for, be they designers, institutes or private citizens. Public sphere development may effectively be favoured by ­project-based action, though to link these two concepts is an operation neither simple nor straightforward as it is particularly open to misleading doubts and false interpretations, which we will try to throw light on in the following paragraphs. [This article summarises the research carried out by the author on the theme of urban public space, already illustrated more extensively and in depth in the book: Cicalò E (2009) Spazi pubblici. Progettare la dimensione pubblica della città contemporanea. FrancoAngeli, Milan.]

Keywords

Public space Public sphere Urban design Representation Public opinion Public life 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Architecture, Design and PlanningUniversity of SassariAlgheroItaly

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